Major General Timothy M. Zadalis

Maj Gen Timothy M. Zadalis, USAF, Ret., is an Adjunct Contract Professor (ACP) for the United States Air Force and Space Force supporting Department of Defense post-secondary educational institutions as a highly experienced subject matter expert in civil/military operations and leadership development.  He is responsible for providing academic advice and/or consultation to broad-spectrum Air and Space Force educational and training programs.

General Zadalis retired from the Air Force in 2017 after nearly 34 years of distinguished service.  He is a graduate of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences.  He holds a Master’s degree in Management and Airpower Arts and Sciences and was a National Security Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.  His diverse career includes a wide variety of high-level joint assignments including U.S. Transportation Command, U.S. Central Command in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, and U.S. Southern Command in support of Haiti earthquake relief operations.  He is a U.S. Northern Command “Plank Holder,” an Airborne Emergency Action Officer for U.S. Strategic Command, and served on NATO’s International Security Assistance Force as the Joint Command Director of Air Plans/Programs in Kabul, Afghanistan during the 2010-2011 operational surge.  His diverse Air Force career includes numerous executive staff and command positions culminating as the Vice Commander of U.S. Air Forces Europe and Air Forces Africa directly supporting operations in the U.S. European and Africa Command.  General Zadalis has vast expertise in all aspects of air mobility operations, nuclear operations, worldwide airpower command and control, contingency and humanitarian relief operations, human resources and leadership development, and training and education.  He is a Command Pilot with over 4,400 flight hours and qualified in 10 training and operational aircraft.  He is a decorated combat veteran earning two Bronze Stars, an Air Medal, and the U.S. Army Combat Action Badge. 

In retirement, General Zadalis divides his time between his consulting business and volunteering.  In addition to the ACP program, his consulting portfolio includes support for Air Force Research Laboratory advanced research and concept development programs.  Additionally, he represents MDS Coatings Technologies as an Air Force Program Advisor.  MDS is the world leader in compressor blade protective coatings allowing for increased engine “time-on-wing,” and performance and fuel efficiency retention.  As a volunteer, he serves as a strategic advisor for BaseConnect—a software startup with multiple SBIR Phase III DoD contracts.  BaseConnect’s multi-function software provides leaders with a secure/controlled access application for internal communications and securely automates personnel recalls and messaging.  He serves as a student research mentor for The Ohio State’s Rapid Innovation in the Public Interest course and serves as the Leadership Dean of the National Veterans Leadership Foundation Fellowship Program supporting student veterans at numerous universities and colleges.  He is the Military Ambassador and a Pace Car Driver for Road America—a historic U.S. racing venue.  General Zadalis sits on numerous boards including the University of Wisconsin Board of Advisors supporting the recovery and identification of U.S. Missing in Action and he participated in a successful recovery effort of a World War II airman at an aircraft crash site near Bastogne, Belgium.  And finally, General Zadalis serves as the Senior Vice President for the Airlift/Tanker Association.

General Zadalis’ active duty biography is available on the Air Force website. 

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